Hospitality entrepreneur Peter de Savary has renovated the Merry Harriers, a 16th century Surrey pub in his portfolio with a bid to capitalise further on the property’s special USP; guests who have a penchant for llama trekking.
The picturesque pub in the village of Hambledon was taken over by de Savary in May 2017 and has now completed a refurbishment of its restaurant and private dining areas, as well as the addition of four new bedrooms.
In keeping with the traditional country inn style, the rooms compliment the seven bedrooms within the pub and three existing bedrooms in a converted barn in the gardens.
The pub is run by husband and wife team, Sam and Danielle Montgomery-Page, with Sam taking residence in the kitchen, sourcing and forging – where possible – ingredients from within a 15-mile radius.
The unexpected success of the hotel’s ‘Surrey Hills Llama Treks’ has helped the property’s reputation to rocket, with guests coming from all over to soak up the experience.
Surrey Hills Llamas has been offering trekking since 2003 and has now teamed up with the Merry Harriers. The herd of nine llamas can take guests on an English picnic trek, winter morning trek, luxury Champagne picnic trek among others.
It was announced earlier this week that de Savary and his wife Lana have taken over The Eastbury Hotel in Dorset with plans to roll out an expansion and start on a spa development over the coming months.